50 kids visited the Estuarium on Wednesday

IMG_2039On Wednesday, July 27th, 50 kids visited the Estuarium. Picture shows kids, with South Sound Estuary Association Educator, Heather, exploring the aquariums and learning about the animals that live there.  The kids also participated in a walking tour of the historic shoreline of downtown Olympia and participated in an exercise demonstrating how what we humans do to and put on the land ends up in Puget Sound.  Interesting day.

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SSEA Hires Executive Director

Starting August 1, SSEA has a paid Executive Director!

 SSEA is excited to announce the hiring of a new, part-time Executive Director, Sasha Medlen.  Sasha has worked with environmental organizations and non-profits for 15 years. She is excited  to join the team and work toward protecting our estuaries in the Puget Sound.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting time for SSEA as they expand their programs and outreach. It is clear that SSEA is supported by a group of amazing members, donors, staff, and Board of Directors, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with everyone on these critical projects in our estuaries.”
 Sasha has worked as a consultant for REEF (REEF Environmental Education Foundation), and for MAR3INE. Past clients also include the San Diego Coastkeeper and Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce. She has various skills in strategic planning, marketing, public relations, membership, grant writing, non-profit formation, and board development. She also has worked for a variety of agencies, businesses, and non-profits, such as: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Olympic Coast Sanctuary, Electronic Evidence Discovery, Southern California Waterkeepers, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Sasha loves being in the water, from surfing to scuba diving to exploring the rivers that feed the Sound. She is Secretary of the Surfrider Capitol Chapter and started the Blue Water Task Force to sample water at Priest Point Park in partnership with the Department of Ecology’s BEACH Program.
Her passion for water quality, aquatic critters, and natural history is contagious, and will be of great value to SSEA. If you would like to contact her to introduce yourself, please email  her at sasha@sseacenter.org.

Sasha Medlen Resume

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New Mural Is Done!

Carrie Ziegler, Muralist, and helpers have finished the addition to last summer’s Estuarium mural.  It is wonderful.  This picture doesn’t do it justice…come take a look!DSCN3919

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Estuarium docent training June 25th, 4:30 – 5:30

South Sound Estuarium Docent Training

Come visit our critters!

Come visit our critters!



Next docent training/estuarium orientation is scheduled for this coming Saturday, the 25th, 4:30 – 5:30, at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia.

We would love to have you join our team. If you are interested in being docent, please plan to attend.

Questions: contact taisha@sseacenter.org or call 360  915-0773 and leave her a message.

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Taisha McFall assumes Estuarium Management

DSCN3902SSEA welcomes Taisha McFall as the new Estuarium Manager. Taisha has a degree in Evolutionary Biology. She has been an Estuarium docent for some months and is excited to assume the manager position upon Troy’s departure for a job at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

Taisha has plans to expand programing and improve exhibits at the Estuarium.  She would welcome your ideas as well.  Stop by to welcome her.

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June 3rd Pier Peer Unusual visitor

imgresIn addition to crabs, sea stars, anemone, and other creatures, we were surprised to see Nanomia Siphonophore (picture on the left) in great numbers at last Friday’s Pier Peer.  0603162218aAlso found several chitons (picture on right).  Sign up for a pier peer (under events) for the opportunity to see unusual marine life yourself.

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OPENING WEEKEND – Meet the Beach

This is the opening weekend for SSEA’s Meet the Beach program!

We’ll be Burfoot County Park and Tolmie State Park from 11-2 both Saturday and Sunday (June 4 and 5th) for exceptionally low tides.  Remember Tolmie requires a Discovery Pass for parking.

The weather promises to be great, come join us!    See full schedule for other dates when Beach Naturalists will be available?   2016 Meet the Beach Schedule flyer

South Sound Estuary Association's photo.
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New Life at the Estuarium

13086848_10154288093613109_4485109184373611973_oRemember last Father’s Day pipefish were born in one of our Aquariums. (see picture to the left and notice how big they are getting.)  

13063336_10153506940313062_943931439532660700_oWELL starting on Earth Day the shiner perch, in another aquarium, delivered baby perch…21, from several moms, as of this morning.  Come visit.

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April 23rd Songs for SSEA, an evening of music, storytelling, and humor

April 23rd, 7 pm “Songs for SSEA”


TICKETS: $20/PERSON   Tickets will be available at the door!

(Older children are welcome.)

a1984297846_10Featuring music by PINNIPED, Acoustic Celtic Trio. Trio members are: Erik Correia (guitar, voice), Sarah Kellington (fiddle, voice), and Bill Kellington (bodhran, guitar, voice). They play mostly-traditional mostly-celtic acoustic music.


0-1KEN BEVIS, Storyteller/Musician. He is a singer/song writer, guitarist, biologist, birder, fisherman, hunter, hiker, skier. His songs are often about animals and nature. He loves to perform and share his love of nature. He thinks he is funny (others do too!) and yes he is a storyteller.

No Host Bar and refreshments

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Sound Ecology with Cascadia Research Collective

APRIL 14, 2016 7 – 8:30 pmSome species being studied by Cascadia Research (from top left to bottom right): humpback whale, Blainville's beaked whale, blue whale, Townsend's big eared bat, false killer whale, gray whale, killer whale with harbor porpoise.

Kiirsten Flynn, Research Biologist, SSEA Discover Speaker Series  


Kiirsten will be giving an overview of regional marine mammals that spend time in Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and off of our coast.  She will touch on the resurgence of both harbor porpoise in southern Puget Sound,  and humpbacks in the Salish Sea.  Other topics will include on-going research on these species, what do to if you see a stranded marine mammal as well as an update on the northern Puget Sound gray whales.

LOTT WET Science Center
500 Adams St NE, Olympia, Washington 98501

Sound Ecology with Cascadia Research Collective
Come join us for a fascinating evening about the work of Cascadia Research Collective.

Explore * Connect * Inspire
Discovery Speaker Series ~ Free

Cascadia Research is a non-profit, tax-exempt (recognized by the IRS under501c3) scientific and education organization based in Olympia, Washington, USA. We were founded in 1979 primarily to conduct research needed to manage and protect threatened marine mammals.

Learn more at http://www.cascadiaresearch.org/

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